Bottaia Winery Brings a Taste of Italy to Temecula Valley
by Susan Sorg
There is a new addition to the beautiful Temecula Valley Wine Country (located about an hour northeast of San Diego). Owned by the Ponte family, “Bottaia” is an Italian-inspired, ultra-chic and modern winery, priding itself on crafting Italian varietal premium wines. Tastings are by reservation and include three different tasting “experiences.”
We recently visited Bottaia Winery and had an exceptional experience. Our server, Zachary, was friendly, attentive, and very knowledgeable about the various wines and flavor nuances, making for a highly enjoyable tasting experience. My husband especially enjoyed the 2013 Montepulciano Reserve, which was delicious—silky, complex, fruit-forward and rich. My favorite wine was the 2016 Arneis, which was elegant, with subtle fruit, balanced and smooth, perfect for a warm late-summer afternoon.
The tasting options include a casual tasting in the Barrel Room ($25), consisting of three whites, three reds, and a barrel tasting. The winery also offers a seated, guided experience of wine and food pairing, featuring high-end charcuterie ($50-55). Coming soon will be their Wine Blending Lab. This experience will allow you to blend and bottle your own wine to take home—like being a Winemaker for the day ($80-100).
The property also boasts a beautifully appointed indoor Club Lounge, outdoor Club Terrace with expansive views of the surrounding vineyards, a beautiful pool, Pool Cafe, and full Cocktail Bar. Tasting room hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11-5 pm (ages 21+ only). The pool, Pool Cafe & Cocktail Bar are open 11-7 pm (all ages welcome). Bottaia is located at 35601 Rancho California Rd. Reservations can be made by calling 951-365-3388.